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In response to your request for information re a Coast 34" sailboat, we own one, and currently have it for sale..
Our Coast 34 was built by Randle Yachts in a yard near Vancouver BC. About 85 of these boats were built, intended for offshore cruising by a couple. Ours was built for a young Calgary couple, who sailed the boat to Australia and back, then sold it to us in the mid-nineties, when they went back to work. The boat was built heavier than normal for offshore, including extra heavy rigging. This boat includes extra equipment, also, we replaced the engine with a new 40 HP Yanmar Diesel last year.
After several pleasant years sailing Copacetic around the BC Coast, we would like to change to a power boat.
If you would like more information on this Coast 34, please let me know.
Right now, I'm only concentrating on the San Francisco Bay area. And there ain't much to look at unfortunately, and travel is just too expensive to head down south. I really believe you two are in a great area to look. There are tons of boats available.
The Fast Passage 39 is a great boat. Tops on my contenders. Sorry it didn't have enough displacement for you.
Where are you planning on taking her? What are you looking for and what is your budget? There is a Westsail 32 in Alameda that is loaded to go. But, not sure it would be big enough for you. Send me your list. I'll give you some thoughts on CA and also east coast.
Valiants are "the boat" in my mind. High quality build, handles like a dream, will handle bigger waters than I ever want too. I sailed for 15 years in all types of boats- and all are compromises. But the Valiant is the best all around in my book.
Some things- if you are above 6 foot tall the aft berth is probably a bit small, esp for two.
The draft is really 6 foot. That may limit some cruising in the everglades and Bahamas. but I still plan on going there, I just have to be careful. Say hello to Judy as SAS, I think she is honest. Best surveyor- tell em you want Matt. Picky as heck but will not lead you astray. Knows Valiants really well.
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